Nikos Papachristopoulos

Nikos Papachristopoulos joined the Firm in 1995 and is Joint Head of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A Groups. He is a recognised expert in primary listings and secondary offerings of securities and acquisitions and takeovers of listed companies.

He has been heavily involved in numerous privatizations of State-owned companies and the recapitalization of the Greek systemic banks since 2012.

Nikos has vast experience advising on the structuring and financing of mergers and acquisitions, including take-over bids, corporate reorganisations and restructurings.


– Top Tier recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Europe Guide 2018
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2018
– Top Tier rankings in The IFLR 1000 2018
– Top Tier recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2017
– Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe Guide 2017
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2017
– Top Tier Rankings in The IFLR 1000 2017
– Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe Guide 2016
– Top Tier recognition in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2016
– Top Tier Rankings in The IFLR 1000 2016

A History Of Excellence:

Bernitsas Law was founded in 1946 by Marinos Bernitsas and over the years, under the leadership of Panayotis Bernitsas, became a frontrunner in the Greek legal market. Its history of involvement in major events which shaped Greece’s legal and regulatory framework have cemented the Firm’s prominence. These include the accession of Greece to the European Community, the liberalization of the main industries, privatization of the major State-owned operators, establishment of global brands in Greece and foreign direct investment in the banking, capital markets, project finance and real estate sectors. We continue to be at the forefront of shaping of Greece’s legislative and regulatory framework.

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya focuses on corporate finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings, and M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. She also has practiced law in Skadden’s New York office, advising U.S. companies and other clients on a number of financings and investments.

Ms. Blagopoluchnaya’s experience includes advising:

– JSC Gazprom in its listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange effected by the introduction of up to 4 billion global depositary shares, representing up to 8 billion ordinary shares of JSC Gazprom. This was the first listing “by introduction” of depositary receipts on the Singapore Exchange and the first listing by a Russian company on the Singapore Stock Exchange;

– Endo International plc in connection with its US$8.1 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc., which included the related acquisition financing, including a US$2.3 billion offering of ordinary shares, and a US$1.64 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 6% senior notes;

– the joint bookrunning managers in the initial public offering of Class A ordinary shares and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of Luxoft Holding, Inc., a provider of software development services and information technology solutions in Russia;

– SIBUR, the largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company in Russia/CIS/CEE, in connection with its debut five-year US$1 billion 3.914% Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue listed on the regulated market of the Irish Stock Exchange;

– the lead managers in an offering of senior unsecured notes in three tranches by VimpelCom Ltd.: US$600 million of 5.2% senior unsecured notes due 2019, US$1 billion of 5.95% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and RUB12 billion of 9% senior unsecured notes due 2018;

– Tele2 Russia in its merger with the mobile operations unit of Rostelecom OAO. This deal received the M&A Deal of the Year award from in 2014;

– VimpelCom Limited in its US$30 billion exchange offer for OJSC VimpelCom and its business combination with CJSC Kiyvstar G.S.M., a Ukrainian telecommunications company; and

– Renault in its US$1 billion strategic acquisition of a 25 percent plus one share share stake in the leading Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Ms. Blagopoluchnaya worked for another major U.S. law firm.


– Law Degree, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2005


– Russian Federation


– Russian
– English

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Nicolas Richard

Nicolas Richard is a Managing Partner at Juristconsult Chambers. Prior to joining Juristconsult Chambers, Nicolas was an associate / director of the local office of an international law firm for 4–years. He also worked as Legal Affairs Manager at Ireland Blyth Limited, one of the largest conglomerate in Mauritius where he was involved in a number of important projects including the financing and construction of the island’s largest dockyard, the launch of the first private airline of the country (including financing and leasing of related aircrafts) and several cross-border financing transactions using Mauritius special purposes vehicles.

Nicolas’ practice covers all aspects of corporate and commercial law with particular focus on banking and finance, aircraft and shipping financing. Nicolas advises leading international banks and multinational companies on financing / investment structures and collaterals involving Mauritius vehicles.

He has been involved in several high profile transactions including the first ever listing of a Mauritius company on NASDAQ and the operating lease of 4 Airbus A330-200 aircraft delivered to a major African airline.

Nicolas was sworn in as an Attorney at law in February 2005 after ranking 1st at the Attorney’s examination organised by the Mauritius Council of Legal Education in 2003. He has been named as a Rising Star in the 2013 IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial law firms.


– Professional Course for Prospective Attorneys. Council of Legal Education, Mauritius
– D.E.S.S. Transports maritimes et aériens, Université d’Aix en Provence, France
– Maîtrise en droit privé, Université  de la Réunion, France
– Licence en droit privé, Université  de la Réunion, France

Areas Of Expertise:

– Banking and Finance
– Corporate and Commercial
– Aircraft & Shipping
– Capital Markets

Positions & Recognitions:

Nicolas ranked 1st at the Attorneys examination organised by the Mauritius Council of Legal Education in 2003.

Nicolas was named as a Rising Star in the 2013 IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial law firms.


– Mauritius Law Society
– International Bar Association
– Mauritius Institute of Directors

Law Firm Overview:

Juristconsult Chambers is a leading law firm in Mauritius and the region. For over twenty four years, our local and international clients, whether individuals or corporate, have entrusted us with their legal challenges. We also advise clients who wish to invest in Mauritius or in the Global Business sector. To meet these challenges we combine intellectual rigour, extensive industry insight, hands-on regulatory experience and high performance to provide them with legal solutions – more importantly, to help them adapt to the challenging legal and regulatory environments in which they operate and to succeed.

Our members come from various legal backgrounds, having been educated and professionally trained both in Mauritius and in other jurisdictions such as France and the United Kingdom. They are all well versed in the Mauritian legal and business environment and most of them practise at the Mauritian Bar. All the work entrusted to the firm can be made alternately in French and English, which are the working languages of the firm and we all speak Creole.

Cristián Novales Schlesinger

As part of his professional experience, he has attended and represented international and local clients in their investment activities. He has advised on complex financial structures, including the review of financial schemes through capital markets. He has worked in the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts for infrastructure projects under schemes “turnkey”. He also participated in the creation of methodology for effective legal management of EPC (“Engineering, Procurement and Construction”), which has allowed projects to be developed in time, at the lowest possible cost, and in compliance levels performance offered by the contractors. He has worked in the leadership and direction of greater due diligence to project feasibility assessments. He has also provided advice for the prevention of conflicts, multimillion legal disputes related to the sector of infrastructure and logistics, and in the direction and coordination of a litigation team in driving several thousand lawsuits.

Cristián Novales is Advocate and Notary graduated Magna Cum Laude from the  Francisco Marroquín University, and has three master’s degrees: one in Banking and Financial Regulation, Boston University (USA), another in Business Law and Management, Francisco Marroquín University and an additional in Finance from the School of Business at the  Francisco Marroquín University.

National Coverage:

In Novales Abogados, we have legal and administrative coverage in 47 municipalities of the Guatemalan territory, allowing us to be present throughout the region to meet timely all the needs of our customers. In Central America we have presence in El Salvador.

Hannes Arnold

Hannes Arnold is a Senior Partner at Gasser Partner Rechtsanwälte.

Gasser Partner is an independent full service law firm in Liechtenstein. Being one of the leading law firms reaching from the beautiful and small country of Liechtenstein to international clients, the firm advises and represents national and international clients in all legal fields, in particular corporate and commercial law, banking law and dispute resolution cases and white collar crime. The expertise is built upon long-standing experience with fiduciary transactions (foundations, establishments, trusts, securing of assets) and legal representation of international clients in all legal fields. With offices and representations in Vaduz, Zurich and Vienna, the law firm has a big footprint in the region and excellent global links and regularly collaborates with other international law firms.


University of Innsbruck, Mag.  iur. (2000)
University of Innsbruck, Dr.  iur. (2003)
M.B.L.-HSG, University St. Gallen (2004)


Liechtenstein Bar Association
AIJA Association International des Jeunes Avocats
ELS European Law Society
Member of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association


German, English

Hannes Arnoldʼs Publications:

Hannes Arnold, Pia Summer, Christina Preiner 2018
Getting the Deal Through – Private Banking & Wealth Management 2018

Anders Arnkværn

Anders Arnkværn has long experience within the areas of M&A and Capital Markets and advises on both large-scaled and small transactions. He is continuously ranked by recognised rating agencies among the leading Norwegian lawyers within both M&A and Capital Markets. Anders heads Thommessen’s practice area for Private Equity.


  • 1994– Candidate in Jurisprudence, University of Oslo

Work Experience:

  • 2002– Partner, Oslo office, Thommessen
  • 2000–2002 Senior Associate, Oslo office, Thommessen
  • 1999 Member of the CEO Task Force, London office, Kværner
  • 1996–1998 Company Secretary and in-house lawyer, Kværner ASA and Kvaerner PLC in London
  • 1994–1996 Associate, Kværner ASA, Oslo
  • 1992–1993 Research Assistant, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo